Zrinjski vs Utrecht
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 1 August 2019
Kick-off: 19:00 CET
It was one of those cases that you have a hunch and it comes good, with a good deal of luck, no doubt. Zrinjski visited Utrecht last week, and back then I shared my ideas on the game, writing that “Utrecht and under 3.5 goals”, at 1.95, was the… rational way to go, adding though that I had a hunch that the Mostar side would earned a draw, admitting that if I bet on that game, my choice would be Zrinjski’s double chance, at 4.85. The BiH team took the lead in the first half, got equalized in the second one, but still left the Netherlands with a precious 1-1 draw, despite the fact that attempts were 27-6 (obviously for Utrecht), and the on target ones 13-4. Did Zrinjski deserve that draw? Numbers say… most probably, not, but at the end of the day, what matters the most is what you do with your scoring chances, and not necessarily how many you create/lose. On Sunday, Zrinjski were sort of lucky again, beating city rivals Velež 1-0, thanks to an own-goal.
John van den Brom, Utrecht’s coach, was… irritated by how easily Zrinjski’s players fell on the ground in the second half last week, adding though that in a way that was a good thing for his team, because it was obvious the BiH side’s players had no interest in trying score a second goal. Generally, van den Brom looked super confident that Utrecht will get the job done in Mostar, having seen that his team are truly much-much better than Zrinjski, despite the draw. No game for them last weekend, as the championship in the Netherlands hasn’t started yet.
Previous five matches:
Zrinjski vs Velez 1-0
Utrecht vs Zrinjski 1-1
Sarajevo vs Zrinjski 1-0
Zrinjski vs Akademija Pandev 3-0
Akademija Pandev vs Zrinjski 0-3
Utrecht vs Zrinjski 1-1
Vitesse vs Utrecht 0-2
Utrecht vs Vitesse 1-1
Utrecht vs Heracles 3-0
Heracles vs Utrecht 0-2
Zrinjski’s next game is on Sunday, at Željezničar (Bosnia and Herzegovina championship). Same day, Utrecht will be visiting Den Haag (Holland championship).
Zrinjski vs Utrecht: Head to head Stats
Last week’s game was the first ever between these two.
Zrinjski vs Utrecht: Prediction
Last week I shared my hunch that Zrinjski would… survive in Holland. This time, I’m with Utrecht to win and qualify.
Zrinjski vs Utrecht: Betting Tips
Utrecht’s win is at 1.70. Combined with “over 2.5 goals” it pays 2.50. This time I have a 1-2 hunch.